David Lock   b. 1970, Leicester, UK. Lives and works in London        


MA Fine Art                  Goldsmiths, London

PG (Dip) Fine Art         Goldsmiths, London

BA (Hons) Fine Art      University of Reading, Reading

Art Foundation            De-Montfort University, Leicester

Solo Exhibitions

2024 ‘David Lock: In-between Us’, Firstsite, Colchester 

2018 ‘Fragmented Eros’, studio.1.1, London

2008 ‘John Jones Work on Paper Prize’, Zoo Art Fair, London

2007 ‘Misfits & Maladies’, FRED London/Leipzig

Selected Group Exhibitions


‘Assembly’, Rye Creative Centre, Rye


‘Summer Exhibition’, Royal Academy of Arts, London


‘Hometown Sessions #1’, EDJI Gallery, Paris

‘Like there is hope and I can dream of another world’, Hospital Rooms, Hauser and Wirth, London

‘The Body We Are In’, curated by Hayley Lock, Confer-Karnac Art Space, London 

‘Stand Close and Breath Me In’, curated by Enzo Marra, Elysium Gallery, Swansea

‘Paper After All’, Royal Cambrian Academy of Art, Conwy travelling to PAPER, Manchester 


‘A Generous Space’, Hastings Contemporary, Hastings 

‘Hospital Rooms – Art & Psychiatric Intensive Care’, Cork Street Galleries, London 

‘Darkness at Noon’, curated by Ruth Callard, APT Gallery, London 

‘Burra and Friends’, curated by David Lock, Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex

‘Your Foot In My Face’, curated by Dan Howard-Birt, Kingsgate Project Space, London 

‘Misfits Billboard Project’, curated by Duovision Arts, Liverpool

‘Stand Close and Breath Me In’, curated by Enzo Marra, Oceans Apart, Manchester travelled to Pineapple Black, Middlesborough 

‘Bare Bones’, curated by Ian Thomas, AIRspace Projects, Sydney, Australia 


‘Miniatures and Masterstrokes’, Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex

‘Summer (Winter) Exhibition’, Royal Academy of Arts, London

‘John Lennon is Not Dead’, curated by Harry Pye, Stash Gallery at Vout O Reenees, London

EXH 02’, Floorr Magazine, online exhibition. 

‘between parts undone – Paintings by David Lock, Gavin Maughfling, J.A Nicholls, studio1.1, London


‘Creekside Open’, curated by Sacha Craddock, APT Gallery, London (Prizewinner)

‘Telescope’, curated by Nigel Cooke, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings


‘Rules of Freedom’, curated by Rosalind Davis, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London

‘John Moores Painting Prize 2018’, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

‘Creative Rage’, curated by Duovision Arts, Stoke Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Staffordshire

‘The Performativity of Painting’, curated by Alex Roberts, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich


‘Crimes of Passion: Joe Orton’. The National Justice Museum, Nottingham

‘What the Artist Saw: New Art Inspired by the Life and Work of Joe Orton’, curated by Michael Petry and Dr Emma Parker, MOCA, London, and travelled to Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester

‘Adam Reynolds Bursary, Shortlist Exhibition’, Artlink, Hull

‘Painting: Experiment’, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China


‘The Discerning Eye’, invited by Dan Coombs, and Sacha Craddock, Mall Galleries, London

‘30 x 30 x 32’, Contemporary British Painting show, St Marylebone Crypt, London


‘Art of the Lived Experiment’, Curated by Amanda Cachia and Aaron Williamson, Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), and Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD), Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA


‘DadaFest: Art of the Lived Experiment’, curated by Aaron Williamson, The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool

‘Threadneedle Prize’, guest curated by Sacha Craddock, Mall Galleries, London

‘Arcus Pride Exhibition’, curated by Michael Petry, Clifford Chance, London


‘Together’, curated by Enzo Marra, Occupy My Time Gallery, London

‘Masquerade – Be Another’, curated by Eléonore Gros and Alicia Paz, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London

‘Unknown Sitter’, curated by Covadonga Valdes, Lion & Lamb Gallery, London

‘A House of Many Windows’, curated by Gluckman & Day, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London

‘Six Degrees Of Separation’,curated by Juan Bolivar, Wimbledon Space, London


‘Ex Roma III’, APT Gallery, London

‘I Don’t Know How A Rock Feels’, The British School at Rome, Italy


‘Seven Things to Do In An Emergency’, The British School at Rome, Italy


‘Misfits’, DS Contemporary, Belgium

Catalogues and Publications            

John Moores Painting Prize 2018, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2018

Art of the Lived Experiment, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, 2014

The Threadneedle Prize, The Mall Galleries, 2014

Fine Arts 2011-12, The British School at Rome, 2012

Metropolis Rise, New Art from London, Shanghai, Beijing, 2006

Awards, Commissions and Talks

2022    ‘Hospital Rooms’ commission, Bevan Ward NHS Foundation Trust,  London

             ‘Denton’s Art Prize 10’ shortlist, London

2021    ‘Burra and Friends’, in conversation with Diarmuid Hester and Louise Simkiss-Day, Rye Art


2019   ‘Creekside Open’, APT Gallery, London (Prizewinner)

            ‘Strange Perfume’, Talk and readings at the LGBTQ+ book fair, South London Gallery

2018   ‘Queer Perspectives‘ in conversation with Sadie Lee, National Portrait Gallery, London

2011    ‘Abbey Scholarship in Painting’, The British School at Rome

           Set designer for ‘Set and Reset/Reset’ by CandoCo Dance Company. In association with Trisha

           Brown Dance Company (based on the original by Robert Rauschenberg)

2006   ‘John Jones Work on Paper Prize’, Zoo Art Fair, London